Taking pride in preserving the history of our area

Those of us who are members of the Tucumcari Historical Research Institute, as well as all people who are interested in our history certainly owe the city a thank you for all the work they did to paint and help rearrange the lobby and the first room most visitors enter as they view our Tucumcari Historical Museum.

If you haven’t already done so, you should stop to see the improvements. Just entering that newly painted room is a thrill for those of us who have been familiar with the arrangement through the years.

It is as if we are entering an entirely new room in our museum. Not only has the paint brightened the area, but the rearrangement of the exhibits has made it possible for us to see many items we may not have noticed in the past.

I know I was seeing parts of the exhibits I had forgotten about and even a few that I had never seen before.

By looking at the current arrangement and new paint, we know how much work went into that project. The city employees certainly put forth every effort to improve that part of the museum.

We surely want them to know how much we appreciate those efforts. After all, our museum contains the history of our lives in this county, and we most definitely want to see it preserved and cared for in the future.

Of course, as I enter those grounds, I recall the past when I began my formal education in 1940. The newly decorated room housed the primary class at that time and was the room in which our group learned much about the “3 R’s.”

I can still see that classroom as clearly as I did then. We had tables with little alcoves in which to keep our supplies. One such table can still be seen in the Red Barn.

We had the little chairs with the woven leather seats that were made by WPA workers for so many of our schools. Before classes began each morning, we encircled the flag pole and recited the “Pledge of Allegiance,” after which we lined up at the foot of the steps and were supposed to make a calm entry into Central School.

No doubt, some were calm, but most of us were rather lively and had to be disciplined on occasion. We had fun learning and being together.

Visitors can still add to their education as they pass through the doors of Tucumcari Historical Museum and enter a major display of our pioneer heritage. By entering that first room, they are entering the beginning of that education and are then going to proceed to learn as they enter each room.

If they pause for a moment, they can probably still hear the children’s laughter in school and see much about the homesteaders who settled our area and turned it into Quay County.

We are very proud of our history and certainly appreciate what the city does to help us preserve it.


Lynn Moncus is a Tucumcari resident and can be contacted through the Quay County Sun by calling 575-461-1952.

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